Retire Definition

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To withdraw or move in retreat.
To retire troops from an action.
Webster's New World
To give up one's work, business, career, etc., esp. because of advanced age.
Webster's New World
To go to bed.
Webster's New World
To take up or pay off (stocks, bonds, bills, etc.)
Webster's New World
To give ground, as in battle; retreat; withdraw.
Webster's New World
(rare) The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.

(dated) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.

At the retire, the cavalry fell back.

Origin of Retire

  • From Middle French retirer (“draw back"), from prefix re- (“back"), + verb tirer (“draw, pull"), from Old French tirer, tirier (“to draw out, arrange, adorn"), from tire, tiere (“row, rank, order, dress") of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tÄ«r (“fame, glory, ornament"), Old English tÄ«er (“rank, row"), Old High German ziari, zÄ“ri (“ornament"), German Zier (“ornament, adornment"), German zieren (“to adorn"). More at tier

    From Wiktionary

  • French retirer to retreat from Old French to take back re- re- tirer to draw tier1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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